04 February Monday

IMM wrestlers bag 8 medals in Turkish wrestling tournament

The International Vehbi Emre and Hamit Kaplan Greek Wrestling Tournament organized under the auspices of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) with the participation of more than 200 athletes from 11 countries was ended on Sunday 3rd, February, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey became the champion in Greco-Romen wrestling in the competition with 18 medals in the tournament held at IMM Cebeci Sports Complex and the members of Greco-Romen Wrestling of IMM won 2 gold, 2 silver, and 4 bronze medals.

More than 200 athletes from 11 countries including Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Finland, Palestine, Russia, Tajikistan, Belarus competed in the tournament along with Turkey at IMM Cebeci Sports Complex, an indoor multi-purpose sports venue that is located in the Sultangazi, Istanbul, Turkey.

The members of Greco-Romen Wrestling of IMM competed under the national team umbrella won 2 gold, 2 silver, and 4 bronze medals. 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World bronze medalist Cenk Ildem of Turkey (97-kg) and Cengiz Arslan won gold medals in wrestling championships in the 77-kg category. Burhan Akbudak won the silver medal at 82-kg and Fatih Cengiz also came second place in the 72-kg category on Sunday. Burak Cakirca 130 kg category, Yunus Emre Basar 77 kg category, Ahmet Uyar 60 kg category and Abdurrahman Altan 63 kg category became the bronze medal winners of the competition, they were able to beat a significant number of opponents.

In the national team, Serif Kılıç won gold in the 55-kg category, Kerem Kamal 60-kg category, Dogus Ayazcı in the 55-kg category, Haci Karakus in the 67-kg category and Ali Cengiz in the 87 kg category won silver medals in the competition.

Mustafa Şahin in the 67-kg category, Furkan Bayrak 77-kg category, Onur Atalay, 63-kg category, Yunus Özel and Selcuk Can in the 72-kg category won bronze medals in the tournament.

So, Turkey ended the tournament with a total of 18 medals of which: 3 gold, 6 silver, and 9 bronze.

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